Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

The Eldridge Children's Home Toy Run with the “Gintown Lowlife Society”

Written by  January 1, 2020

  The Eldridge Children's Home run is always done on the first Saturday of December and for 9 year's now, the Gintown Lowlife Society has happily participated and generally just made a day out of it, starting at the Club House with breakfast. They also do a "Mayor's Run" that they take the proceeds from along with tips collected throughout the year, and take a substantial donation with them. They never know just how much they will be taking with them until the week before the ride when the council members get together and count all the proceeds and go to the bank for a cashiers check.

 

  The Saturday of the run, they all gather around 8:30 for breakfast before leaving, this year, breakfast was biscuits and gravy...yum! They get to eat and enjoy the company of all their brothers and sisters and of course, they have their children there with them as well. They want to teach their children the true meaning of "giving" and loving one another first hand.

  After breakfast its time for kickstands up as they prepare for the trip ahead, which usually puts them leaving around 9:30 to head to Jasper, Alabama where they hook up with another group of riders that come from all parts of the state.

  After a brief safety meeting and a prayer for safe journeys, they are ready to depart and by now it’s around 10:30. The ride is a police escorted event; necessary because it's usually a very large group going, and this year it was exceptionally large. Mother nature was cooperating by giving them awesome weather to ride in.

  One of the most heartwarming parts of the day is as the ride is approaching The Eldridge House, you have all these beautiful kids lined up welcoming you with big bright smiles in to their home.

Once at their destination, the group is shown where to park, since there were over 700 hundred....yes I said 700 HUNDRED (which doesn't include the cars), there is good reason to have parking designated

  There is also an antique car show, a bike show and raffles along with souvenirs to purchase. So there is so much to do and see, and after walking around to check it all out, everyone gets in line for food, Just outside the door, on the way in, is a large fish tank for donations to be dropped in. Once inside there are four long tables of food set up where there was chicken, BBQ, hot dogs, chili or Brunswick Stew and a table just for the desserts along with coolers of cold drinks. Everyone sits in the gym (the only thing large enough to hold everyone) where the program begins and of course, the big man (SANTA) his self is there to see all the children and get their Christmas wish list.

  After lunch and all the festivities, everyone is free to go back out to walk around further checking things out and just marveling at the day. And there was a lot to marvel over, like the fact that this year’s event brought in not only a whopping number of riders but also a whopping number in the monetary count as they raised $104,692.00. God truly blessed this event with a great number of very generous folks from all around the state.

  And after all of this fun the Gintown folks headed back to the house to enjoy the rest of the night with family and good friends and reflections back onto the day. 2019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 12019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 22019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 32019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 42019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 52019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 62019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 72019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 82019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 92019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 102019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 112019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 122019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 132019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 142019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 152019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 162019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 172019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 182019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 192019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 202019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 212019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 222019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 232019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 242019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 252019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 262019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 272019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 282019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 292019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 302019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 312019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 322019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 332019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 342019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 352019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 362019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 372019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 382019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 392019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 402019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 412019 Eldridge Childrens Home Toy Run 42